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UM Orientation

Prepare for the start of Fall, join us for Welcome Events all summer!

Fall welcome events for all new students

Attend these orientation events and start your university year with confidence.

  • Summer University Advantage (August)

    Enrol in this popular 3 credit hour course to help you transition to your new learning environment. You will learn the principles of learning and memory, critical thinking, and academic writing, all of which are essential to success at university.

  • Welcome events for specific faculties (September)

    Many faculties have their own welcome events for new students. If you are joining a faculty that hosts a separate event, you will receive an email with the details before the school term starts. Please contact your faculty directly if you have questions.

Get started online

You’ve participated in Next Steps programming, accepted your letter of offer, registered for course and have gotten the hang of video conferencing software like Webex. Now it’s time to complete UM Essentials!

Complete UM Essentials 

UM Essentials, along with other orientation activities, like Math Bootcamp and Prep Week, is intended to help you prepare for your studies at the University of Manitoba.

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Discover your first year supports 

We don't expect you to figure everything out in your first few days. Explore these resources to help you all year long -- with academics, your career options, campus life, recreation, and more.

More orientation events

Many other groups host orientation events for students. We invite you to attend as many of these events as you find helpful.

Volunteer at orientation events

Welcome Volunteers (in-person events)

Welcome Volunteers are volunteers who work with staff and Orientation Team Leaders to assist in introducing new students to campus during in-person orientation events. 

  • Welcome to the Herd (June 18) - Applications closed
  • Ready to Roam (July 20) - Applications closed
  • Ready to Roam (August 10) - Applications closed
  • Welcome Day (September 6) - Applications closed

Volunteer applications for 2022 Summer/Fall Orientation events are now closed.

What does being an in-person Welcome Volunteer involve?

As an in-person Welcome Volunteer, you will…   

  • Assist in various roles during in-person orientation events such as Welcome to the Herd, Ready to Roam, and Welcome Day
  • Act as a positive ambassador for the University of Manitoba and our community
  • Make connections on campus and with your peers 
  • Gain knowledge about the university  
  • Work collaboratively with a team of volunteers and staff 

Volunteering for 10+ hours over the span of the in-person orientation events will mean that you will receive CCR recognition for this role. 

What is the time commitment? What dates do I need to be available for?

There are several events that we are recruiting volunteers for. We have a general sign-up form to indicate that you are interested in receiving emails prior to each event with event specific information regarding the specific roles and times.  

Additionally we will be updating this page with an event specific sign-up prior to each event.  

Please be aware that in order to volunteer at any event you must attend the associated training date. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Title Event Training Event Date
Welcome to the Herd June 15 June 18
Ready to Roam 1 July 18 July 20
Ready to Roam 2 August 8 August 10
Welcome Day September 1 September 6

Am I eligible to be a Welcome Volunteer?

You are eligible to apply to be an in-person Welcome Leader if you...

  • Are currently registered as a University of Manitoba student at the undergraduate level on the Fort Garry Campus and;
  • Are in good conduct standing based on the University of Manitoba’s Behavioural Policies and;
  • Have a minimum one year of study at the U of M and; 
  • Are continuing as a registered University of Manitoba student in Fall 2022. 

How do I sign-up?

General Interest Sign-up: By filling out the general interest form you are not confirming you will be volunteering at any particular event, but are adding yourself to a mailing list so you receive more information about each event including the shift times and roles. 

Event Specific Application: If you want to sign up to volunteer at a specific event, please make sure you are eligible for the position and available for the training / event date. 

Online Welcome Leaders

Online Welcome Leaders are volunteers who work with staff and the Orientation Team Leaders to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for new students throughout online orientation programming.

Applications for the 2022 OWL position are now closed. Thank you to all those who applied.

What does being an Online Welcome Leader involve?

As an Online Welcome Leader, you will…

  • Support a group of new students in UM Essentials (the online Orientation course through UM Learn).
  • Foster interaction between new students by facilitating activities and encouraging conversation.
  • Share appropriate first-year experiences and information about available campus resources with new students.
  • Participate in Online Orientation events such as Prep Week and Welcome Day (TBC) by hosting student-led sessions. 
  • Act as a positive ambassador for the University of Manitoba and our community.

Skill Development Focus:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Verbal & written communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Working as part of a team
  • Public speaking (TBC)
  • Virtual event facilitation (TBC)

Additional Benefits:

  • Make connections on campus & with your peers
  • Participate in monthly virtual volunteer activities throughout the summer & post-orientation wrap-up event
  • Get co-curricular (CCR) recognition for your contributions

What is the time commitment? What dates do I need to be available for?


  • Initial Training/Meet the Team – Friday, May 27, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Additional online training/module completion (privacy, accessibility, sexual violence) - completed on own time end of May/beginning of June
  • Completion of UM Essentials – completed on own time end of May/beginning of June
  • Event-specific training (Online Prep Week/Welcome Day events): August 22nd, 6:00 - 8:00 PM


  • Engage with an assigned group of new students in UM Essentials (approx. 1 hour per week) - June – September
  • Attend orientation meetings: 
    • Tuesday, June 14 (6:00 –7:00 PM)
    • Thursday, June 30 (6:00 – 8:00 PM)
    • Tuesday, July 12 (6:00 –7:00 PM)
    • Wednesday, July 27 (6:00 – 8:00 PM)
    • Friday, August 12 (6:00 – 8:00 PM)
    • Friday, October 7 (6:00 – 8:00 PM)
  • Attend the following programing (if offered online): 
    • Prep Week: Monday, August 29 – Friday, September 2
    • Welcome Day: Tuesday, September 6
  • Program evaluation survey: due Sunday, September 18th

Am I eligible to be an OWL?

To be eligible to volunteer with orientation, students must be:

  • Currently registered as a University of Manitoba student at the undergraduate level on the Fort Garry Campus.
  • In good conduct standing based on the University of Manitoba’s Behavioural Policies. Additional details are available on the application form.
  • Have a minimum one year of study at the U of M (successful completion of 18 credit hours or more prior to Summer 2022).
  • Continuing as a registered University of Manitoba student in Fall 2022.
  • In good academic standing (which, for the purposes of orientation, is defined as having a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the last three academic terms). Note that confirmation of GPA is part of the selection process.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed. 

Complete the online application form to be considered for the role. Following your application and confirmation of eligibility requirements, you will be invited to participate in a group interview (held in early May). 

*NEW* Extended deadline to apply: May 3rd, 2022, at 11:59 PM


Orientation Team Leaders

Orientation Team Leaders are volunteers who work with the staff to recruit, engage, and support Online Welcome Leaders prior to and throughout orientation and are integral to the coordination and smooth operation of orientation programming on campus.

Being an OTL is an intensive volunteer experience (approximately a 100-hour commitment) where students can expect to develop valuable skills in communication, team work, and leadership.

Applications for the 2022 OTL Position are now closed.Are you interested in applying to be an OTL in the future? Check out the requirements below so you know what to expect next year! Applications will re-open early 2023.

What's involved with being an Orientation Team Leader (OTL)? What are the benefits?

As an Orientation Team Leader, you will be…  

  • Assisting with the promotion of volunteer opportunities and recruitment of Online Welcome Leaders.
  • Collaboratively developing the online interview and facilitating interviews for Online Welcome Leaders.
  • Collaboratively planning, developing, and implementing online summer programming / meetings / training for Online Welcome Leader.
  • Coordinating Online Welcome Leaders, which can include tracking participation, overseeing engagement on UM Essentials, and providing direction and feedback during 2022 orientation events.
  • Assisting with recognition of Online Welcome Leaders & Fall 2022 orientation volunteer wrap-up.
  • Presenting at orientation events alongside staff members; hosting and/or facilitating student-led sessions.  

Typical Team Size: up to 10  

Skill Development Focus

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Verbal and written communication 
  • Planning and organizing 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Facilitation 
  • Self-awareness & personal strengths 
  • Coordinating / Leading / Supervising others 
  • Public speaking 
  • Working as part of a team 

Additional Benefits: 

  • Make connections on campus & with your peers 
  • Practice leadership skills that contribute to your campus community
  • Get Co-Curricular Record (CCR) recognition for your contributions in the ledership category, separate from other orientation volunteers 

What is the time commitment?

Required Time Commitment (March – October 2022)

Total time commitment: ~100+ hours

  • ~3-5 hours/week, Winter 2022 (March – April)
  • ~5-10 hours/week, Spring 2022 (May – July)
  • ~7-15 hours/week, Summer 2022 (August + Orientation days)
  • ~2-3 hours/week, September & early October 2022  

What are the dates and activities I need to be available for?

Specific dates / activities 

Online training/module completion

  • Privacy
  • Accessibility
  • Sexual violence awareness and prevention
  • Completion of UM Essentials

Approx. 6 hrs,
Completed virtually on own time

Weekly OTL team meetings
(Held virtually; normally Tuesday evening)

March - May; max 2 hours (anticipated 6-8pm)

  • (T) March 8, (T) March 8, (T) March 15, (T) March 22, (T) March 29
  • (T) April 5, (T) April 12, (T) April 19 
  • (F) May 6, (T) May 10, (T) May 17

June – October; max 3 hours (anticipated 6-9pm)

  • (T) May 24, (T) May 31
  • (T) June 7, (T) June 14,  (T) June 21, (T) June 28
  • (T) July 5, (T) July 12, (T) July 19, (T) July 26
  • (T) Aug 2, (T) Aug 9, (T) Aug 16, (T) Aug 23, (F) Aug 26
  • (F) Sept 2, (T) Sept 6, (T) Sept 13, (T) Sept 20, (T) Sept 27
  • (F) Oct 7, (T) Oct 11


Recruitment / outreach efforts
(virtual or in-person TBD)
Scheduled based on availability
Online Welcome Leader Interviews
(held virtually)
 May 9 - May 20 (scheduled based on availability)
Initial Online Welcome Leader training
(held virtually)   
 (F) May 27, 6-8pm
Interviews for In-Person Volunteers*
(Held in-person - see note below)
TBD /summer; scheduled based on availability
Planning & attending volunteer skill-building meetings
(virtual or in-person TBD)

(R) June 30, 6-8pm
(W) July 27, 6-8pm
(F) August 12, 6-8pm

Planning & attending event-specific training  

(M) August 22, 6-8pm (event confirmed; virtual or in-person TBD) 

(W) August 24, 6-8pm* (event TBD; held in-person - see note below) 

Supervising Online Welcome Leaders UMEssentials Teams
1hr per week outside of meetings

Individual/small-group work

2-4hrs per month outside of meetings
Event Days

Prep Week: Monday, August 29 – Friday, September 2, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Welcome Day: Tuesday, September 6, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Volunteer Wrap-up
(virtual or in-person TBD) 
 (F) October 7, 6-8pm
Program evaluation survey
Approx. 1 hour, completed on own time

*If Prep Week and/or Welcome Day events are determined to be in-person, recruitment of in-person volunteers will occur later in the summer, and an in-person training session will be held on Wednesday, August 24

Am I eligible to be an OTL?

Eligibility to become an Orientation Team Leader:

  • Currently a student enrolled in a U of M degree program at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Minimum of 2 years of study at the University of Manitoba (successful completion of 36 credit hours before May 2022)
  • Returning to studies at U of M in Fall 2022 
  • In good academic standing (which, for the purposes of orientation, is defined as having a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last three academic terms). Note that confirmation of GPA is part of the selection process. Applicants with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • In good conduct standing based on the University of Manitoba’s Behavioural Policies. 
  • Previous volunteer experience with orientation events preferred

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2022 OTL position are now closed.

Application Process

For this application you will be asked to submit a 1-2 page cover letter (see below for what to include) in PDF format, with a copy of your winter term schedule.                                

Skills & experience applicants should address  

In your 1–2-page cover letter introducing yourself, please be sure to include the following:

  • Your current (or target) faculty
  • Your previous experience at orientation events, including your responsibilities
  • Any additional volunteer experience (either on or off campus), including your responsibilities   
  • Why you want to be a Team Leader  
  • The strengths & skills you would bring to the Orientation team  
  • What you would hope to gain as an Orientation Team Leader and/or skills you want to intentionally develop & work on  
  • An outline of major commitments (e.g. classes you are taking/plan to take, volunteer/student group commitments, regular personal or family obligations, etc.) and description of possible challenges you may encounter in your involvement, with a proposed plan to manage your time that would allow you to fully participate as an Orientation Team Leader  

*For general guidelines about writing cover letters, please see the Cover Letter Handbook from Career Services*        

Contact us

If you have questions about Orientation events, please contact orientation@umanitoba.ca.

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